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Steve Frye honored as 2021 Knox County Outstanding Senior Citizen

  Posted on September 22, 2021



Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce that Steve Frye has been selected as the 2021 Knox County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award recipient. He was honored on Wednesday, September 22nd, at Riverside Park in Mount Vernon, OH.  The ceremony was attended by his family, several of his classmates from the class of 1969, also Joe Springer from The Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter Advocate/Operations Manager, as well as David Perry, Board President of The Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter, and community members including County Commissioners, Thom Collier, and Bill Pursel, and Administrative Assistant to Knox County Mayor Matt Starr, Todd Hill.


Steve volunteers throughout the community and is an integral part of the Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter where he served on the board and currently volunteers his time in the capacity of a project manager and mentor. Nominators, Ann Marie Wiley and Joe Springer, of the Winter Sanctuary, remarked that “Steve does not volunteer for recognition, but he does it because he loves our community.”


In addition to volunteering at the Winter Sanctuary, Steve helps several organizations within Mount Vernon. He has shared his love and talent for woodworking to build furniture for the Hope Now Furniture Bank. His selfless acts have also filtered down to the younger generations where he serves as a mentor for the Escape Zone. His passion for serving others and zest for life is truly at the heart of this award.


Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging.  There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.)  Awardees are selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.


The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario 419-524-4144, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence, and dignity.